Take stock of those in your life who have been affected by a form of loss. The death of a loved one, a close friend, a pet or enduring an extreme change in lifestyle can trigger grief. When we lose the stability of our relationships, shelter, a job or a routine we have known for years, we suffer a type of loss that requires closure. Some adjust to these changes easily, and others take time to become familiar with new routines.
Be there for them. While not all of us are clinically registered, we can help people out in our own ways. Whether it is with jokes and laughter, or a comforting presence and a warm meal, each of us can help those in grief in different ways.
Offer to listen to a friend or ask them to join you for a coffee or tea. Send a message letting them know they are never far from your mind. Then, set a date for another visit. If you find you are suffering from grief, know that it’s natural. You’re not alone, and it’s okay to ask for help if you feel your grief is overwhelming.
Visit www.change.org to find out more, sign the petition, and use #GriefAwarenessDay to share on social media.
Share links to support groups, educational materials, or your own personal experience with grief. When people talk about the effects of grief in their lives, it reduces the stigma many mourners experience. If you know someone who has recently suffered a loss, reach out and check in on them.
Self-care is vital during and after a loss. There’s no shame in seeking assistance with grief if the pain becomes overwhelming. Check out some support services on this page.